Showing posts from: March 2019

5 Ways to Take Your Nurse Practitioner Career Abroad

I've got the itch to travel. Okay, I've always got the itch to travel. Whether it be to hike and camp the Grand Canyon or to lounge on the beach in Australia, you can pretty much count me in as a companion if you've got a trip on the books. One career goal of mine would be to work internationally as a nurse practitioner. Not only would this serve as a cool cultural experience, I'd also like to observe and participate in practicing medicine abroad. 

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Which Region of the U.S. Has the Highest PA Salary?

If you're a physician assistant or thinking about becoming one, salary is undoubtedly a major consideration in your career choices. The setting, specialty and geographic location where you practice all make a difference in how much you'll earn. While practicing as a PA isn't all about the Benjamin's, its important to make sure you're being paid appropriately for the work you do. Not to mention, you've probably got some student loan debt to pay off. So, in which region of the country do physician assistants earn the most?

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Solving the CMP: Basic Lab Interpretation

When I wrapped up my nurse practitioner program, I remember thinking that I could have used more education around lab interpretation. Which abnormals did I need to worry about? When a lab value came back abnormal, what differential diagnoses could be causing the abnormality? I tell participants in MidlevelU's programs that one could get a PhD in lab interpretation - there can be a high degree of complexity in understanding how some of the physiologic systems involved work. So, we master the basics to start, then build on interpretation ability throughout our careers. 

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Which Region of the U.S. Has the Highest NP Salary?

Geographic location makes a big difference when it comes to your nurse practitioner paycheck. In areas with a high cost of living and/or high demand for NPs, nurse practitioners can expect to earn well into the six-figure salary range. In other locations where demand for NPs is lower or places with a low cost of living, average NP salaries may be below the $100K mark. If you're looking to maximize your earning potential as a nurse practitioner, whats the best area of the country to live in?

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5 Helpful Tips for Landing an ER Nurse Practitioner Job

I get a lot of questions about my job as an emergency nurse practitioner. Many practicing and aspiring NPs are attracted to the specialty and want to know how I found my niche. It wasn't easy, but I did learn a few valuable lessons along the way. Depending on where you live, it can seem that NP jobs in the ER are few and far between. How do you navigate the market to land your dream position?

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How Nurse Practitioners Can Get Their Personal Contact Info Offline

A nurse practitioner I spoke with recently had a question about her NPI number. So, she searched online for her name + NPI. She was appalled to find that her personal address and cell phone were listed, plainly visible and available to the public, along with her NPI number and license numbers. 

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Here's the Average Physician Assistant Pay, By State

Scope of practice laws, specialty, setting, experience and geographic location are the most important factors that determine physician assistant compensation. Laws in some states, for example, limit utility of PAs in that region keeping compensation low. In contrast, other states may allow physician assistants a high degree of autonomy making them more valuable in practice - so, they command higher salaries.

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Refer a Friend to ThriveAP, Save $500

The countdown to our next ThriveAP cohort has begun! Beginning April 4th, 2019, new(ish) grad nurse practitioners and physician assistants will converge on MidlevelU headquarters in Nashville, TN for two days of hands-on learning. At this in person meeting we'll work on suturing skills, minor office procedures, and much, much more. Then, we will follow this session with one-year of weekly didactic online curriculum designed to fit into the workday. We call this residency-like experience "ThriveAP". The program is designed to help new grads transition from education to practice with ease. To learn more about ThriveAP, check out our information packet here.

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Nurse Practitioner Residency Opportunity in Oregon

Are you looking for a nurse practitioner residency? If so, this week’s featured facility is a great fit for the NP looking to live out west while building a clinical foundation for the nurse practitioner career. This residency opportunity is at an FQHC located in beautiful southern Oregon. Tucked tightly away in a valley situated between four national forests, one national park and a breathtaking two-hour scenic drive to the coast, this facility is the pinnacle location for the outdoor adventurer. 

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Unexpected Challenges of Working as a New Grad NP

This morning I was engaged in a discussion with one of our Midlevels for the Medically Underserved cohorts. This group of new grad nurse practitioners and physician assistants has been working in the primary care setting for about six months now so has a little practice experience under their belts. As we were talking, several themes emerged in the conversation. There were a number of challenges facing these novice NPs that they hadn't anticipated. 

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How Long Should You Wait to Start Working After NP Graduation?

Most nurse practitioner students maintain jobs as nurses, at least in some capacity, throughout the course of their education. While this is beneficial in that it provides an income during graduate school, the comfort of a reliable job can cause some new nurse practitioners to delay the search for an NP position. Just how long is it OK to wait to find a job working as a nurse practitioner once you finish NP school?

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The Worst Thing NPs Can Say in a New Grad Job Interview

Okay, okay, so there are a lot of 'worst' things you could do in a new grad nurse practitioner job interview. You could lug your infant in a car seat along with you, sparking immediate childcare concerns in the minds of a prospective employer. You could come dressed for an afternoon at the beach, in flip flops and cut-off denim shorts. You could cuss. A lot. But, assuming you've got the basics of job interview protocol and professionalism down, there is still one big mistake less experienced nurse practitioners make in the quest for employment. 

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